The streets are painted RAINBOW in downtown Traverse City– And it is super fun! Yesterday I was blessed with a child free hour to walk around, so I popped in a couple store (with my mask) and it made me remember why our town is so special. We have so many small businesses, shops, restaurants, and multiple places to take Instagram worthy pictures! And now, TC’s main avenue, Front Street is a wider place to visit because between Park Street and Union Street is now closed to cars and open to pedestrians. This innovative change began Monday, June 22nd and is intended to give more room to enjoy downtown while social distancing. In addition, State Street (between Park Street and Union Street ) has transformed from a one-way street to a two-way street. Side note, Front Street is a great spot to take a colorful Summer 2020 Selfie with your mask, because who knows if they will do this again next year… but hopefully the city will decide to make it a permanent feature! To everyone who visits, please stay safe and healthy during this unique and ever-changing summer of 2020. Many stores are selling unique face masks that are locally made and locally made hand sanitizer, so don’t forget to support local while you stay safe! To find out more about downtown changes and policies during the summer of 2020 visit:


“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

-The Good Bowl, on Front Street in Traverse City, donates $1 to charity for every bowl sold.

Foodie Find: The Good Bowl Eatery 

It is a simple concept, “do good” while “eating delicious.” The Good Bowl Eatery, located on Front Street in Traverse City (right next door to Yen Yoga and WestBay Handmade), does just that. They donate a dollar for every bowl sold to one of three quarterly charities: A local, national, and global. Mix that goodness with a friendly chic atmosphere and home-made Vietnamese cooking- there isn’t much better! The picture at the top of this post is from one of their many speciality events which they hold throughout the year and feature gourmet Vietnamese dishes that are not usually on the menu. It makes a great night out with a group of your best girls! 

Order at the counter and grab a seat. Some of my favorite dishes include The Vietnamese Classic Pho– it is truly PHO-bulous! The broth is my favorite part, however, the fresh basil, cilantro, lime, and jalapeno bring it over the top!  #GoodBowlHackTIP You can order just the bone broth take-out style. A personal favorite is the Vietnamese Crispy Pork Ribs, unique with just a bit of spice from the home-made rub. For a nice lunch, option try the Banh Mi sandwich with your choice of protein topped with pickled carrots and daikon, fresh jalapeno, cucumber, cilantro, and our house mayo in a toasted traditional banh mi baguette.

To drink start with a Vietnamese Iced Coffee, which is French roasted coffee with sweetened condensed milk and an adorable paper straw. Others prefer the bubble tea, and, lucky for us, The Good Bowl is one of the few spots in Traverse City where you can find it! A bubble tea consists of a black iced tea blend with flavored milk powder and tapioca pearls. And yes, they have adult beverages! For dessert, try the black sesame ice cream, sounds strange, but it truly is amazing and worth a taste, even if you’re on a diet! 

Make group dinners easy with their catering box, but make sure to order a day ahead of time. Your guest will be impressed by the fresh ingredients and easy “group” dinner made easy.  The boxes feed 6-10 people depending on which one you order or choose the appetizer platter, which is perfect for watching football on Sundays in the fall. The GÀ RANG MUỐI (Vietnamese Chicken Wings) which are flash-fried and served with a spicy chili-lime dipping sauce. Num, num, num. 

The Good Bowl founder, Soon Hagerty, launched the restaurant with Executive Chef, Tony Vu, based on their belief that “business can and should be a force for good.” They developed their unique charity component, donating over $50,000 to local, national, and global charities since opening in July 2018. Yes, they surely are using their talents to be a force for good! Both Vu and Hagerty’s Vietnamese ties were an ideal mix and a blessing to bring delicious cuisine to our Northern Michigan town! Find them working their butts off at the restaurant most days, Tony in the kitchen, Soon front of house. 

And there is even more good news: The Good Bowl Eatery now has online ordering and curbside pick-up for easy-to-go food options, both lunch, and dinner.


Phone:(231) 252-2662